I used to play with Barbie dolls as a child. As an adult, I've been able to resist the special collectible Barbie dolls that are made especially for adults--until this year. 2009 is the 50th anniversary of the release of the first Barbie doll and I purchased two 50th anniversary dolls within a few months of each other. One was the Bathing Suit Barbie which harkens back to the first Barbie doll in terms of swimsuit design (the Bathing Suit Barbie uses a striped swimsuit just like the first Barbie except the Bathing Suit Barbie wears a two-piece while the original Barbie only wore a one-piece), hairstyle, and sideways eye glance. The other was the Generations of Dreams Barbie who wears a stunning gown whose graphics are derived from Barbie print ads over the last 50 years. It's literally a History of the Barbie Doll in one dress.
The two dolls are so gorgeous that I couldn't bear to keep them in the boxes. (I know I violated the Barbie fandom's dictum of never removing a doll from its box but I really couldn't resist.) I took photos of them and I liked the photos so much that I decided to create a little slideshow out of them. Well, I hope you have fun watching this. ;-)